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For the first time macadamias from the state's north coast are being exhibited at the United State's largest food show. The National Restaurant Association Show, held in Chicago, is the largest show for the food service industry held annually in North America.

It attracts some 73,000 attendees over the four days of the show, with 1,000 exhibitors covering everything from food to equipment for the restaurant, hotel and institutional food service industries. The one-stop shop for chefs and managers.

Dennis and Marilyn Ryan, at Talarm just out of Macksville on the mid-north coast, grow Davidson plums, riberry, macadamias, aniseed myrtle, warragul greens and finger limes. The Ryan's bushfood farm adjoins 130 acres of tidal marshland, a marine and wildlife wetland.

Increasing interest in bushfoods from the exposure of overseas shows like the one held in Chicago are likely to help boost demand in bushfoods.

It's winter time on the farm at Talarm near Macksville, with fruit being harvested - such as the Davidson plums falling to the ground, and macadamia nuts ready to pick up.

Steve MacDonald visited "Valley of the Mist" farm and met up with Dennis Ryan in the bush.

Dennis Ryan and the finger lime tree that produced 14 kilos last season. (ABC Rural)

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